Twitter head Jack Dorsey defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app

Days after Apple, Spotify, Youtube et al turned their backs on the conspiracy theorist, the app's U.S. popularity manifestly increased, coming in as the fourth most popular news app in Apple's App Store, and eleventh on the Google Play Store.

The tech world has been pretty staunch in its ostracisation of Alex Jones, the mastermind behind conspiracy website Infowars.

The moves follow similar action by Apple Inc. and Spotify Technology SA.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has doubled down on defending his company's decision not to kick far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off its platform.

In a ticktock on Monday's events, CNN's Dylan Byers revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally stepped in to remove four of Jones' pages.

Even Pinterest and YouPorn have banned Jones and Infowars, but Twitter has decided against hopping on the bandwagon.

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"When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", YouTube said in a statement to media.

Colbert then segued into a sketch featuring his character Tuck Buckford - based on Jones.

Publishing platforms have faced strong pressure to take action against Jones and Infowars over the past few months, but Apple was the first major company to sanction the broadcaster in its entirety. "We tried treating @reddit as a silo, and it was a huge mistake".

Jones earlier this week responded to the shutdowns of his accounts by slamming social media platform providers as "lying bullies".

Apple removed five of Jones' six Infowars podcasts from the Podcasts app Sunday night.

Twitter is facing heat for deciding not to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform, breaking ranks with Facebook, Apple, Google and Spotify-all of which banned him or removed his podcasts. The strike prohibited Jones from live streaming content on YouTube for a period of 90 days. On his show, InfoWars, he peddles conspiracy theories, ranging from claiming the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government to stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job".

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